We wore ourselves out in just a couple of hours at the Arboretum and managed to see about a third of the 127 acres. Here is a map of the grounds:
We spent most of our time in the areas surrounding Baldwin Lake, Tule Pond, and the section marked "Asia" on the map. There was so much to see! And so many things I missed! I guess I'll just have to make another trip to California before too long so I can see everything I missed this time around. I'm only half kidding.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting a taste of the California climate, so very different from ours here in the Northwest. Lots of palm trees, of course, as well as a myriad of tropical plants I couldn't identify because, well, I've never been to a tropical place before! It was all quite new and exciting for me and definitely one of the highlights from my vacation.
It's hard for me to pick favorites from this photo set, but here are a few that stand out:
When I first looked at these columbine pictures, it seemed to me that their shapes and the angles of the photos made the blooms look as if they were dancing. And that thought made me smile. Because flowers do dance, if you will only stop to watch them.
You can view the rest of my pictures in the slide show embedded below (again, if you're using a feed reader you'll need to come directly to the blog to see the slide show) or you can go straight to my Shutterfly site here and then select the slide show option from the right sidebar. Enjoy!
(All pictures from this set were taken with the Nikon D50 and the 18-200 mm VR lens)